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Christina Aguilera Cast in Burlesque

Christina Aguilera will make her screen debut for Screen Gems in "Burlesque," a contemporary musical that Steven Antin will direct. Aguilera will play an ambitious smalltown girl with a big voice who finds love, family and success in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club that appears to be right out of Bob Fosse's "Cabaret". While Aguilera has won four Grammy Awards, a Latin Grammy and has sold more than 25 million albums, she has never starred in a film, though she lent her voice to the animated "Shark Tale". Deal comes on the heels of Screen Gems benefiting from the star power of another songstress, Beyonce Knowles, who toplined thriller hit "Obsessed" 2

No mention is made of Diablo Cody s screenplay involvement in the Variety story, which makes me wonder if any of her contributions have made it to the final draft. The film hopes to be Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret, with established songs that will be updated and worked into dance numbers. Antin has described neo-burlesque as "a contemporary take on the traditional burlesque that derived from vaudeville, with singing, dancing, comedy and more tease than striptease".

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